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About Us

School Speakers, set up by entrepreneur Apprentice TV star Claire Young, is the UK's No.1 agency working with schools (primary and secondary), colleges and universities to provide talks, workshops and full day activities. for students. We work with schools nationwide, and internationally, on a daily basis supporting key events in the academic calendar. Having over 300 speakers registered with us we are confident that we can provide you with a speaker that will enthuse, motivate and raise aspirations amongst your students.

We can cover the following activities:

  • Student Leadership day
  • Guest Speaker for Awards Events and Speech Days
  • Exam preparation, motivation and study skills
  • Assembly or Year Talk across a range of different topics
  • Careers Sessions
  • Advice on CV and application forms, interview techniques, personal branding and presentation skills, how to use social media
  • Enterprise Days
  • Focus on the Big 13 enterprise skills and work with students on an Apprentice style business task
  • Anti-Bullying talks
  • Internet Safety talks
  • STEM talks and workshops
  • Teacher CPD and INSET days, conference speakers 
  • End of year activities and summer camps (year 6 transition days)

Claire Young

School Speakers was established in 2010 and we pride ourselves on our personal approach and efficient service. Speaker sessions start from £250 plus travel and VAT. 

" I am passionate about inspiring the youth of today to go on to great things whatever their individual vocation. What better way to do that than with real life people sharing their life lessons and experiences. Our speakers are good role models, they always aim to enthuse, motivate and inform their audience. " Claire Young Founder School Speakers 

Claire Young - Founder  

Vital Stats: BSc University of Bristol

Career Background: At university she applied for 83 jobs and joined the Graduate Scheme working for beauty giant L'Oreal. She spent eight years climbing the career ladder working in Marketing, Sales and Retail for companies L'Oreal, Colgate and Superdrug before in 2008 she applied to participate in the hit TV BBC1 series 'The Apprentice'. She reached the final, watched by over 11 million viewers. Lord Sugar dubbed her a 'Rottweiler' for her tenacious approach and mindset of never giving up!

Since then she has gone onto launch  which helps to inspire, motivate and educate young people.

She is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise to our younger generation. Claire has been nominated for the Queen's Enterprise Award and is honoured to represent the UK in The European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors. She is Honorary President of Young Chamber UK ( ) and an Ambassador for The Entrepreneurial Education Group is in partnership with OCR (Oxford & Cambridge Exam Board). 

Claire is an active mentor and is involved in Ecadets, a scheme helping the next generation of ESafety in schools

Claire works in London most weeks consulting on projects for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department for Education on enterprise education, SME growth, Women’s agenda (equal pay and increasing the numbers of women into STEM & business). She is a brilliant role model for teenage girls and young women. 

Claire is Ambassador, and co-founder, of social enterprise and enjoys working with female students. Her aim is to raise their aspirations and make them think big! Girls can achieve anything which they put their mind to.

Motto: 'How do you know until you try?'

Role Models: Pat Langham (her Headmistress), Oprah Winfrey, her Mum, J.K Rowling 

Teacher Info

Finding the best speaker to deliver the right programme can be a huge project, taking up time that you don't have to spare. School Speakers is here to help and can advise you on which speakers would be suitable for your event. From the first enquiry to the final event details, we take the pressure off you, allowing you to do what you do best - teach!

We only promote speakers who are:

  • Professional
  • Recommended by teacher testimonials and have experience of talking to a student audience 
  • Are experts in their chosen category
  • Within school budgets

And it's easy! Complete the enquiry form and we'll get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your brief and recommend speakers that maybe suitable. Please indicate the best way to communicate with you, phone or email. The School Speakers office is open 8am to 6pm. 

Teacher Testimonials

Gerard Jones
"Thank you for the presentations you gave, they were really interesting and gave the students a fantastic insight into how to set up a new business, especially starting out with little financial backing! We've had a lot of positive feedback from students, particularly as you are a young entrepreneur. If we have any future events which we think you might be interested in, I'll be in touch"
Kirsty Murray, CIPs Marketing and Communications Officer at Newham College (London)

Claire Young
"Claire, you are a dynamo and your energy infused talk to our year 10's was quite simply excellent. The buzz in the room and the number of students who came up to me to say how much they enjoyed your presentation all point to the success of the day. You are a breath of fresh air, inspirational and a delight to work with. I don't know what you do but the students listen to you! We could hear a pin drop. We highly recommend you."
Kevin Higgins, Headteacher, St John Fisher School Dewsbury

Joy Marsden
"Feedback from all the students today has been excellent using phrases like 'really useful' 'amazing' 'brilliant', 'what they tell you is right', one student told me he was now going home to revise!"
Lee Jackson, Deputy Head, The Radclyffe School, Oldham

Lee Jackson
"From the minute Lee started to speak to students in Year 10 they were 100% attentive. An excellent mix of humour, fun and serious guidelines for their future got them interested, listening and actively participating. A number of days later I asked them to list the key points he made and many could still do so! All the staff who were present also commented on the quality and professionalism of Lee's presentation."
Jo Smith, Head of Year 10, Allerton High School Leeds

Lee McQueen
"Lee delivered a structured and professional speech to our audience of 300 people, consisting of staff, students and parents. Lee's speech was both inspiring and motivational and gave a very passionate and practical insight into how hard work and motivation can lead to great achievement and success. Not only did Lee give an inspirational speech but he also engaged the audience by asking them for questions. Lee then stayed for the entire two hour ceremony and congratulated Harrow College students on their achievements. Lee was happy to talk to students and their parents after the ceremony and posed for photographs."
Tony Medhurst, Principal, Harrow College


To find out more details or make a booking please call us on 01924 277343 or get in touch through our enquiry form.

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What People Say

Joy Marsden: I have just returned to my office after the interview event and I can only say how wonderful our students were. I think your presentation yesterday hit just the right note and prepared them in advance, not only to face the interview but to have the confidence to approach businesses just to ‘chat’. Thank you so much for being involved in this event and I look forward to seeing you in the future

– Karen Betty, Skills for Life Co-ordinator, Northampton Academy

Truly incredible from beginning to end! His presentation was pitched perfectly for our students who sat in stunned silence listening intently to his amazing story. We really couldn’t have asked for a more passionate or inspirational speaker!

– Lisa Green, National Enterprise Academy

The presentation was truly inspiring; our students really enjoyed listening to John's experiences in the Royal Marines and his role working for TV companies in the jungle and they realised they could be just like him. By working hard, broadening their horizons, learning new skills and believing in themselves, they too could achieve anything they put their hearts into. An inspiring day that left an enduring impression - fantastic.

– Adrian Barber, Project Manager, Bigger Picture Arts

Just a quick note to say how much we all enjoyed Alex’s talk. He was an absolute trooper getting through 2 hours of talking with his voice slowly getting more hoarse! The students were fascinated by his story and the advice he gave them was priceless. Nothing I could have told them about the world of work could have had so much impact. The students were rapt and he responded very well to their questions. The talk was very memorable, funny and informative. We will definitely be looking to book him again next year.

– Heather Wilson, Teacher of English/ Head of PHSCE, Portland Place School

Claire’s speech showed that she fully understood the ethos of the school; it was informative, encouraging and motivational. Pupils and parents have commented on how much they enjoyed listening to her and how much they appreciated the care she took to make our prize winners feel special. We will certainly use her ‘top tips’ to reinforce the valuable messages she passed on. Our only problem now is how to follow this next year!

– Elizabeth Thomas, Head Mistress, Stonar School

Dynamic, forthright, bold, but utterly charming, Claire showed insight and understanding, offering pertinent advice to individuals and groups alike. A consummate professional and a true inspiration to all young women.

– Ian Edwards, Head of Business, Tudorhall School

From my experience of working with Emma-Jane I would feel comfortable in recommending her self-esteem & confidence workshops and hope we can collaborate on some work in the future.

– Sarah Green - Owner of Cerato Services
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